Monday, September 22, 2014

Ordinary...


After a big conflict between sisters in the house, some house work and a morning so similar to a thousand other mornings in my life, I sit down on the steps in front of my house to wave off my husband and son going to the motocross track. And I feel love.

With conflicts, tears, screams and banging doors. With excitement, organizing, packing equipment, snack and drinks. With boring house chores and repetitive routines. With the annoying cat who always needs to go in and out from a closed door or window even if at least 2 other exits of the house are standing wide open - just because he wants attention.

I feel love when I see father and son walking down the stone path behind the house to the car, chatting about motocross and what is to be expected this afternoon. The little boy almost dancing  his steps away in bliss, the man steady as a rock with big grounded steps. I feel love when one daughter apologizes sincerely to another and tells her she loves her and that everything is fine now. The conflict is solved, the tension is gone. I feel love when sitting down on my door step watching my son's face so lit up with joy and anticipation on the passenger seat in the big blue van. He is ready for the adventure of the day.

The van drives down the road and disappears around the corner. The house turns quiet and calm. And I nip off some bloomed out flower crowns from my geraniums, some dried up leaves. Sitting there in the midday sun thinking that life is great just the way it is. And I can feel the ordinary love in my ordinary life and how exquisite it actually is. I can stop chasing the dream, the fantasies, the love... I have it all right here. On my door step. Ordinary. A perfectly imperfect life with flaws and all. I just could not ask for more.

Kärlek
Annette

PS Thank you all for your enormous response on my Nordic Wrist Warmers. Pattern is being written down as we speak. I hope to release the pattern in multiple sizes very soon. THANK YOU!



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Crochet Wrist Warmers - Nordic style



The thought of making wrist warmers to accompany the Nordic Shawl (check out the Nordic Shawl Parade), came to me a long long time ago (think Christmas last year...). But like so many other ideas, it ended up in a note book somewhere while I was distracted with other projects. But now they are reality. After a number of trials (actually 3 in total) I have finally reached my goal, these Nordic Wrist Warmers are my new favorite make! Quick, classy and incredibly satisfying!

On Friday night I took the last picture for my upcoming Step-by-step pattern and I fastened off the last yarn end. My daughter quickly snatch this pair after I let her try them on... The other daughter quickly ordered a pair in yellow... I guess I will be making quite a few pairs of these, in different sizes. I see many color combinations. Making these will never be boring.

Pattern will be released soon. Stay tuned.

Kärlek
Annette




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Friday, September 19, 2014

That peek-a-boo sun hat







You know when you read those children stories about the little mouse that shows up on each page, hidden behind shoes, peeking up behind a pillow, blending in beside a flower pot, dangling down from a lamp shade... The kind of book where you and your toddler are trying to find that little peek-a-boo mouse on each and every page... Well, it feels like my sun hat has become that mouse.

It shows up here and there and everywhere. It can be found on poles on the field, it is being used for fashion shows by the kids, it has been carefully hung on the shed by me to look pretty, it is thrown on a growing box when I harvest our veggies... It lies around, it is dragged around and you never know where you will find in next. It is a much loved sunhat. I think I could write a children's book about this peek-a-boo hat and have a best seller. Ha!

Note: You can find the Sun Hat Crochet Band Pattern here.



Kärlek
Annette

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Photography Course - Part 1




Photography. Visual beauty. When looking through that lens, life seem so full of wonderful things. Even on a dark and scary stormy day. Even when my child cries of pain when scraping her knee. Those tears captured in a photo says more than a thousand words.

My life is a row of stills that never ends... I see them everywhere, in every corner, every location, every situation, in every thing and living creature. Like poetry. Making life more beautiful than it sometimes is. Without staging, just by creeping up and catching the moment. We frame it. The split of a second and there we have it. Captured. To be kept. To look back at and remember.

I am so excited. I've finally signed up for a real photography course. I have wanted to do this for so long. I want to know the technical aspects of photography and leave the Auto mode and dare using the Manual functions on my lovely Canon 100D DSLR. I want to be able to transform what I see and feel into "that" fantastic picture.

So last week was first class at Michelle Petersen Photography. Michelle is a portrait photographer and she takes amazing pictures. She is easy going, warm and friendly and the class flew by in a whim. This first week's homework was to see everyday life in a different way. To observe the happy moments, the beauty in all the small things around us. See the opportunities in simple things like a flower, a shoe, a cup of coffee... Piece of cake! Like us bloggers do, right? We are good at seeing the beauty in a cuppa. I wonder how many pictures of a cuppa that are out there in Cyberworld...

I brought my camera on my walk and the hill with the trees were stunning beautiful on this sunny day. The top photo was the first one I took. The result didn't capture anything of how I felt when I saw this field and gentle hill with the trees though... It came out kind of flat and boring... I started to experiment, moving closer with the lens, changing the composition, playing with the "Horizontal Line" and using "The Rule Of Thirds"... Suddenly I could feel my picture. Totally different from the first photo. Moving horizontal line up to make me want to run up that hill. Move the horizontal line down to feel free to give the feel of freedom with the spacious sky. Like magic...

I can't wait to get into next class tonight and learn more. Every now and then I will show you my progress. And maybe I will actually understand all these things of aperture, shutter time, ISO and so on... My journey has begun. This is gonna be a good one.

Kärlek
Annette




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